Viking Men Host Alaska Schools in Penultimate Week of GNAC Play

Feb. 12, 2018

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Thursday, February 15

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Saturday, February 17

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WHAT’S HAPPENING…the WWU men’s basketball team (18-6, 13-3 GNAC) closes out the home portion of the 2017-18 schedule this weekend with the penultimate week of the GNAC regular season…WWU has a current 3-game winning streak heading into games against Alaska Anchorage (Thursday, 7:30 pm) and Alaska Fairbanks (Saturday, 3 pm).

WWU HOOPS DOUBLEHEADERS…a pair of WWU hoops doubleheaders highlight the weekly schedule, with the men hosting Alaska Anchorage at 7:30 pm Thursday, and the women playing at 5:15 pm vs. Central Washington…the Viking men host Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday at 3 pm for Senior Day, with the women entertaining Northwest Nazarene at 7 pm.

SENIOR DAY…Saturday will be Senior Day for the Vikings, with WWU’s four seniors honored prior to the game against Alaska Fairbanks…the four seniors that will be honored are Deandre Dickson, Brad Wallace, Brett Kingma and Blake Fernandez.

TRIP TO ANCHORAGE BOOKED…the Vikings have clinched one of the six spots for the GNAC Championships that will be held March 1-3 at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage...WWU will be the defending champions in the tournament, with the winner receiving the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA II Championships.

THE RECORD…the Vikings are currently in 2nd place in the GNAC with an 18-6 overall record and are 13-3 in league play (2nd place)…opened the first half of the GNAC season with a perfect 10-0 record, and after a mini 3-game losing streak, have won the last 3 games…finished non-conference play with a 5-3 record…own a 9-5 record in Carver Gym and are 9-1 away from Bellingham.

2017-18 RECORD BREAKDOWN

Overall/GNAC Record

18-6, 13-3 (2nd)

Home (Overall/GNAC)

9-5, 6-2

Road (Overall/GNAC)

7-1, 7-1

Neutral

2-0

vs. Ranked Teams

1-0

Leading at Half

15-2

Trailing at Half

3-4

Tied at Half

0-0

Overtime

0-0

By Uniform

White

10-4

Navy Blue

7-1

Carolina Blue

1-1

ROAD WARRIORS…WWU is 9-1 away from Bellingham this season, going 7-1 in true road games and 2-0 in neutral site games…finish the season with a road trip to Oregon to play Western Oregon (2/22) and Concordia (2/24), and then head north to Anchorage for the GNAC Championships.

MAN ON A MISSION…over his last 9 games, Trey Drechsel is averaging 19.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game, all team-leading marks during this stretch (also shooting 55.1%/59-for-107)…for the season he is averaging 15.4 points (9th in GNAC), 4.1 assists (4th in GNAC), 7.3 rebounds (6th in GNAC), 1.4 steals per game (T8th in GNAC) and is 4th in the league with an 87.9 free throw percentage (87-for-99).

CONSISTENT HOMMESDaulton Hommes has scored in double-digits in 23 of 24 games this season, and in 44 of 55 career games…currently 3rd in the GNAC leading the Vikings scoring 18.0 points per game…also listed among GNAC leaders in rebounding (13th, 5.8/game), field goal percentage (9th, 55.4), free throw percentage (3rd, 88.5), blocked shots (6th, 1.4/game), minutes played (2nd, 34.2/game) and 3-pointers made (7th, 45).

GNAC STANDINGS…with four games to go in the regular season, WWU is currently in 2nd place in the GNAC with a 13-3 league mark, trailing first-place Western Oregon (15-1)…WOU and WWU are the only two teams to lock up a spot in the GNAC Championships…Saint Martin’s is in 3rd place in the conference at 11-5 and Seattle Pacific and Central Washington are tied for 4th at 9-7…the top six teams in the conference standings at the end of the regular season advance to the GNAC Championships March 1-3 at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

THE HEADLINES

  • Regional Ranking – WWU is listed No. 6 in this week’s D2SIDA West Region ranking. First NCAA poll 2/14.
  • GNAC Play – Over last two seasons the Vikings have combined to go 30-6 in GNAC contests (.833).
  • Scoring Leader Daulton Hommes leads the Vikings averaging 18.0 points per game, 3rd in the GNAC.
  • All-Around Trey Trey Drechsel ranks in the top 10 in the league in assists, steals, rebounds and scoring.
  • Double D Deandre Dickson is 5th in the GNAC with 5 double-doubles…averaging 14.3 ppg, 6.7 reb.
  • Boards – Lead the GNAC and are 27th in NCAA II averaging 40.00 rebounds per game.
  • High Scoring – Leads the GNAC and is 28th in NCAA II averaging 85.5 points per game.
  • Sharp Shooters – Ranks 2nd in the GNAC and 15th in NCAA II with 50.0 field goal percentage.
  • Charity Stripe – WWU leads the GNAC and is 7th in NCAA II with a 78.0 free throw percentage (419-537).
  • Sixth Man Siaan Rojas is averaging 9.0 points/game, coming off the bench in 23 of 24 games.
  • Blocked Shots Logan Schilder is T11th in WWU history and T22nd in GNAC history with 91 career blocks.
  • Iron Man Daulton Hommes has started all 55 games during his WWU career, averaging 14.9 points/game.
  • Coach Dominguez – WWU head coach Tony Dominguez is 130-49 (.729) in six seasons leading the Vikings.
  • Winning Streak – WWU had a 10-game winning streak Dec. 16-Jan. 20, tied for 8th-longest in program history.
  • Carver Losses – WWU is 9-5 in Carver Gym this season, after going 61-4 (.938) in previous four seasons.

PROBABLE STARTERS…here is a look at WWU’s probable starting lineup:

#

Player

Pos

GP-GS

Points/G

Rebounds/G

Minutes/G

Notable

5

Trey Drechsel

G

24-24

15.4

7.3

33.0

Averaging 19.2 points over last 9 G

24

Trevor Jasinsky

G/F

24-24

9.9

3.4

28.5

Career-high 23 points vs. MSUB

15

Logan Schilder

C

23-23

7.3

6.7

18.2

T11th in WWU history with 91 blocks

23

Deandre Dickson

F

24-24

14.3

6.7

29.5

Scored 10+ points in 19 of 24 G

25

Daulton Hommes

F

24-24

18.0

5.8

34.2

3rd in GNAC averaging 18.0 points/G

SERIES HISTORY…here is a look at the series history between WWU and its opponents this week:

  • ALASKA ANCHORAGE: The Vikings beat Alaska Anchorage 70-61 on the road on Jan. 20…WWU leads the all-time series 20-16, including an 18-16 mark in GNAC contests…WWU has won 3 of last 4 in the series and is 10-6 in home games vs. the Seawolves (9-5 in Carver).
  • ALASKA FAIRBANKS: WWU leads the all-time series 31-14, including an 86-74 win in Fairbanks on Jan. 18…WWU leads series 7-6 over last 13 games dating back to 2013 season…won 9 of last 10 home games vs. the Nanooks.

THE BIG 5…WWU has used the same starting lineup in 23 of 24 games, with Daulton Hommes (6-7) and Deandre Dickson (6-9) at forward, Trey Drechsel (6-6) and Trevor Jasinsky (6-7) at guard, and 7-footer Logan Schilder at center…the normal starting lineup averages 6 feet, 8 inches in height…WWU’s starters have combined for 1,562 of WWU’s 2,051 total points, 76.1 percent of the team’s scoring output…Daulton Hommes (18.0), Trey Drechsel (15.4) and  Deandre Dickson (14.3) and are all averaging double-digits in scoring per game, with Trevor Jasinsky (9.6) and sixth-man Siaan Rojas (9.0) closing in on a double-digit scoring average.

HOMMES 800 POINTSDaulton Hommes has scored 819 points in 55 career games, starting every game of his WWU career…averaging 14.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game…by comparison, WWU’s all-time leading scorer Jeffrey Parker (2013-17) reached 800 career points in his 58th career game as a Viking en route to his record 1,867 points.

CHARITY STRIPE…The Vikings lead the GNAC and are 7th in the nation with a 78.0% mark from the free throw line (419-for-537)…over last 10 games the Vikings are shooting 80.8% (164-203) from the free throw line…Daulton Hommes is 3rd in the GNAC and 27th nationally with a 88.5 free throw percentage (92-for-104)…the WWU single-season free throw percentage record for a team is 78.6 in 2005-06 (590-for-751).

SHARP SHOOTERS…WWU is shooting 50.0% from the field (731-for-1461), 2nd in the GNAC and 15th in NCAA Division II…dating back to 1986-87, only three WWU teams have finished a season shooting 50.0% (2005-06 – 51.9%, 1988-89 – 50.9%, 2012-13 – 50.5%).

NCAA STATS…the Vikings are ranked in the top 30 in the nation in several statistical categories: Blocked Shots (3rd, 6.4/game), Rebound Margin (6th, +10.4), Free Throw Percentage (7th, 78.0), Field Goal Percentage (15th, 50.0), Scoring Margin (27th, 11.3), Rebounds Per Game (27th, 40.00) and Scoring Offense (28th, 85.5).

Stat

Rank

Value

Blocked Shots Per Game

3rd

6.4

Rebound Margin

6th

10.4

Free Throw Percentage

7th

78.0

FG Percentage

15th

50.0

Scoring Margin

27th

11.3

Rebounds Per Game

27th

40.00

Scoring Offense

28th

85.5

Won-Lost Percentage

43rd

75.0

FG Percentage Defense

68th

43.0

THE BLOCK…WWU leads the GNAC and ranks 3rd in NCAA Division II averaging 6.4 blocks per game…current blocks per game average would set a single-season program record, currently held by the 1991-92 and 1988-89 squads with 5.8 blocks per game…Deandre Dickson (1.88) is 32nd in NCAA II, while Daulton Hommes (76th, 1.42) and Logan Schilder (82nd, 1.39) are also ranked among the top 100 nationally in blocked shots per game.

CAREER BLOCKSLogan Schilder has recorded 91 blocked shots in 54 games at WWU (1.69 per game average)…the 91 blocked shots are tied for 11th in program history, needing one more blocks to move into the program top 10…with 9 more blocks will become just the 9th WWU player, and 18th in GNAC history to record 100 blocked shots in a career.

CARVER GYM…the Vikings have returned to campus for the 2017-18 season after playing the last two seasons at Whatcom Community College due to the Carver Gym renovation…WWU is 554-165 all-time inside Carver Gym, a .771 winning percentage…head coach Tony Dominguez has led the Vikings to a 53-8 (.869) record at Carver Gym, and a 73-15 mark in home games (.830).

VIKINGS TV…all of WWU’s home games will be streamed live online via VikingsTV at WWUVikings.com/Live with longtime Whatcom County sports broadcaster Doug Lange and WWU Assistant AD Butch Kamena calling all the action courtside…the webcast features a seven-camera shoot in high definition, with video replays, graphic overlays and halftime and post-game interviews…home games are also available via WWU’s YouTube channel in HD with full rewind and pause capability.

GNAC STANDINGS…here is an look at the GNAC standings heading into this week’s action…WWU and WOU have clinched spots in the GNAC Championships, March 1-3 in Anchorage, Alaska:

MEN'S BASKETBALL

CONF

PCT

OVERALL

PCT

HOME

AWAY

NEUTRAL

STREAK

Western Oregon

15-1

.938

23-1

.958

13-0

10-1

0-0

Won 16

Western Washington

13-3

.813

18-6

.750

9-5

7-1

2-0

Won 3

Saint Martin's

11-5

.688

18-6

.750

9-2

7-3

2-1

Lost 1

Central Washington

9-7

.563

14-9

.609

8-3

4-4

2-2

Lost 1

Seattle Pacific

9-7

.563

14-9

.609

6-4

7-4

1-1

Won 1

Alaska Anchorage

8-8

.500

12-11

.522

9-8

3-4

0-0

Won 2

Alaska

8-8

.500

10-12

.455

5-6

3-4

2-2

Won 1

Northwest Nazarene

7-9

.438

11-11

.500

8-4

3-7

0-0

Lost 3

Montana State Billings

5-11

.313

13-14

.481

8-4

3-10

2-0

Won 1

Simon Fraser

3-13

.188

9-15

.375

7-5

0-9

2-1

Lost 5

Concordia

0-16

.000

4-20

.167

2-10

0-10

2-0

Lost 2

COACH DTony Dominguez is in his 6th season at the helm of the WWU program, and 23rd overall with Western basketball…owns a career record of 130-49 for a .726 winning percentage…coached the Vikings to a 80-30 (.727) record in GNAC play, with a pair of conference regular-season championships (2012-13 & 2016-17)…posted three consecutive 20-win seasons in his first three years as head coach, and led WWU to 15 or more wins in each of his five seasons as head coach…in 2012-13, directed Vikings to 31-3 record, GNAC regular-season championship, West Regional title and NCAA Division II Final Four…winning percentage of 91.2 established a school record and win total tied WWU mark…finalist for Clarence "Big House" Gaines National Coach of the Year honors…guided Vikings to wins in his first 24 games, an NCAA II record…2016-17 GNAC Coach of the Year.

DICKSON NAMED TO BEVO FRANCIS WATCH LISTDeandre Dickson has been named to the Bevo Francis Award Top 100 Watch List, recognizing the top men’s basketball players in small college basketball…Dickson is the only GNAC player on the list, and joins former WWU players Kyle Impero (2015-16), Jeffrey Parker (2016-17) and Taylor Stafford (2016-17) to also be honored.

CLEANING THE BOARDS…WWU ranks 6th in NCAA II with a 10.4 rebound margin and is 27th averaging 40.00 rebounds per game…held in advantage in rebounds in 22 of 24 games this season and tallied 40 or more rebounds in 12 games (4 with 50+)…point guard Trey Drechsel leads the team averaging 7.3 rebounds per game, including 8.6 boards/game in GNAC play, and is followed closely by teammates Deandre Dickson (6.7 reb/game) and Logan Schilder (6.7 reb/game).

ALASKAN SWEEP…Vikings recorded the fifth Alaskan sweep in program history, defeating Alaska Fairbanks 86-74 and Alaska Anchorage 70-61 Jan. 18-20…one of 19 sweeps recorded by a GNAC team on the annual Alaskan trip (WWU/SPU/WOU this season), with SPU (6 times) and WWU (5 times) accounting for 11 of the 19.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES…in WWU’s 77-67 win over Central Washington on Jan. 6, three Vikings recorded a double-double (points/rebounds): Trey Drechsel (18 points, 11 rebounds), Daulton Hommes (17 points, 10 rebounds), Deandre Dickson (15 points, 13 rebounds)…at the time, WWU joined Florida Tech (12/18/17 vs. Miles College) as the only DII teams with three double-doubles in a game this season and only 14 teams (NCAA Division I, II, III) logged a game with three double-doubles…dating back to 1985-86, the game vs. CWU was the only time a WWU team has had three players log a double-double in a game.

TEAM OF THE WEEK…WWU was named the NABC Division II Team of the Week after posting impressive wins over Concordia and 13th-ranked Western Oregon to open GNAC play Nov. 30-Dec. 2…also selected as the GNAC/Red Lion Hotels Team of the Week for Dec. 25-31.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMDaulton Hommes and Trey Drechsel were named to the Hoops in Hawai'i Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team…Hommes averaged 25.0 points per game, including a career-high 37 points against Harding…Drechsel averaged 20.5 points/game, including 30 points in the win against Tampa, his second 30-point game of the season…Hommes was named to the All-Tournament team in each of WWU’s three preseason tournaments, the GNAC/PacWest Challenge, the Chuck Randall Classic and the Hoops in Hawai'i Holiday Classic.

LOCAL CONNECTIONS…the 2017-18 Vikings roster features three players from Whatcom County in sophomore forward Daulton Hommes, junior center Logan Schilder and junior guard Leif Anderson…Hommes, a graduate of Lynden Christian High School, Schilder is a product of Bellingham High School and Whatcom Community College and Anderson joins the program after starring at Sehome High School and Whatcom CC.

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS…WWU won the 2016-17 GNAC regular season and tournament titles, clinching the regular-season championship with a 17-3 league mark for the sixth GNAC title for Western, and fourth outright…the Vikings beat host Saint Martin’s (91-79) and Western Oregon (71-69) in the GNAC final to claim the first conference tournament in program history.

PICKED TO REPEAT…GNAC coaches were selected the Vikings to repeat as league champions in the annual preseason coaches’ poll…WWU received 7 of 11 first-place votes, and a total of 116 points, ahead of second-place Western Oregon (108 points).

PRESEASON ALL-GNAC…WWU led all schools with three selections to the 2017-18 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Preseason All-League Team…Deandre Dickson, Daulton Hommes and Trey Drechsel all earned votes from league coaches to the be listed on the 15-member team.

37 POINTS FOR HOMMESDaulton Hommes scored a career-high 37 points in the 80-76 win over Harding on Dec. 16 in Hawaii, leading the Vikings to a come-from-behind victory (WWU trailed by 15 early in 2nd half)…scored 24 of 37 points in the 2nd half…15th scoring performance of 37 or more points in program history (102nd 30+ point game).

TREY’S BIG GAMETrey Drechsel scored 32 points with 17 rebounds in WWU’s 99-72 win over Concordia on Nov. 30…the 17 rebounds were the most by a Viking since Anye Turner had 20 on 12/6/14 at Simon Fraser…the 17 rebounds are also the most in a 30-point game for a WWU player since Austin Bragg had 30 points and 17 rebounds on 1/11/14 vs. Simon Fraser.

GNAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK…WWU has been awarded four GNAC Player of the Week awards this season, two each by Daulton Hommes and Trey Drechsel…the Vikings have won 53 GNAC Player of the Week awards since the conference formed in 2001-02, with four seasons with 5 selections (last: 2015-16)…Hommes and Drechsel are the 14th and 15th players in program history to earn multiple GNAC Player of the Week honors in a career.

HOMMES NAMED GNAC PLAYER OF THE WEEKDaulton Hommes earned his second GNAC Player of the Week for the period of Dec. 25-31…Hommes averaged 23.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in wins at SPU and SMU, also chipping in 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game…Hommes also earned GNAC Player of the Week honors for Dec. 11-17 (19.0 points/game).

DRECHSEL SWEEPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK…junior guard Trey Drechsel was named the GNAC Player of the Week and the USBWA National Player of the Week after he averaged 26.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in wins over Concordia and Western Oregon to open GNAC play (Nov. 27-Dec. 3)…Drechsel recorded career-highs with 32 points and 17 rebounds in the win over Concordia, and followed that with a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double vs. WOU…shot 64.5 percent (20-for-31) from the field, including a 66.7 percent (6-for-9) clip from three-point range during the week.

DRECHSEL NAMED GNAC PLAYER OF THE WEEKTrey Drechsel picked up his second GNAC Player of the Week honor for Jan. 8-14, averaging 15.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game in a pair of road victories at Simon Fraser and Montana State Billings.

100-POINT GAMES…WWU has reached the century mark in scoring (100 points or more) in a game three times this season: 108-81 vs. Douglas, 113-60 vs. Capilano, 100-91 vs. Montana State Billings…had seven 100-point games last season, the most since nine 100-point games in 2005-06.

20+ WINS…WWU has recorded 18 seasons with 20 or more wins in program history, including 9 in the last 13 seasons (went 25-6 in 2016-17)…current string of 10 consecutive winning seasons, the 2nd-longest streak in program history (18 straight, 1959-1976).

NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY…WWU has advanced to the NCAA Tournament eight times in program history, returning to the tournament in 2016-17 as the No. 3 seed in the West Regional…reached the NCAA Division II Elite 8 three times (2000-01, 2011-12, 2012-13) and was crowned the NCAA Division II National Champion in 2011-12…owns an all-time 17-7 (.708) record in NCAA Tournament play, winning at least one game in six of eight appearances.

2016-17 SEASON IN REVIEW…finished the 2016-17 season 25-6 overall and 17-3 in GNAC play…won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament championships…made 8th NCAA Division II Tournament appearance as the No. 3 seed in the West Regional in San Diego…returned to the national tournament for the first time since back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2011-12 (National Champions) and 2012-13…tied program record for most wins in GNAC play with the 17-1 season in 2012-13…26 overall wins were the most since back-to-back 31-win seasons in 2011-12 (National Championship Season) and 2012-13 (Final Four)…10th consecutive winning season, the second-longest streak in program history, and advanced to the postseason for the ninth consecutive season…recorded three separate 8-game winning streaks, including 8-0 start to the season…ended season winning 16 of last 19 games.

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